Clyde Macfarlane

Zambia: Up close with Africa’s finest

Two national parks – one in Zambia and one in Malawi – offer ­splendid game viewing at a ­variety of locations.

Refugees bring music, art to their sanctuary

A festival at a camp for the displaced in Malawi affirms the dignity of those seeking refuge there.

Lake of Stars festival: a party with a purpose

The music festival on Lake Malawi is the closest thing to paradise.

Roots go deep into The Soil

The kasi-soul trio ­believe the primacy of the voice and their ­culturally ­diverse background sets them well to send out a universal message.

Amara Touré – an enigmatic exemplar of Afro-Cuban ­music

Guinea's Amara Touré’s passionate wails prompt questions about how such sensual music could sink without a trace until now.

Pat Thomas: Back in the highlife again

The golden-voiced musician is the undisputed king of ­Ghanaian highlife and, together with two famous ­collaborators, he shows why on his new album.

Björk breaks boundaries

The Icelandic singer’s latest album is an outpouring of emotion and a slick feast of ambient electronica.

The new queens of Afrobeat

In their respective new offerings, Nneka and Ibeyi present a beautiful fusion of styles reminiscent of the legendary Fela Kuti.

Nice guys in electro folk indie music simply fade away

It’s hard not to love Durban guitarist Majozi, but his pleasantly inoffensive new melodies may become forgettable.

Veterans keep Buena Vista alive

Clyde Macfarlane talks to Buena Vista Social Club's Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa in the wake of their new album and farewell tour.

Good golly, miss Mali’s new rock legends at your own peril

Mali's Terakaft is not just another Saharan band.

Freedom’s voice rings out from a Malawi jail

Women and men in Malawi’s maximum-security, Zomba Central Prison, who call themselves Zomba Prison Project, are telling their stories through music.

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